By News desk
Police operatives in Indian have arrested a Sicilian TV chef on suspicion of drug dealing after cannabis was found at his home.
Police said Carmelo Chiaramonte was caught in possession of two large marijuana plants and 1kg (35oz) of Indian hemp, just as they also found cannabis-infused wine, olives, coffee and tuna at his home near Catania in eastern Sicily.
The chef,described himself as an agro-food consultant for third millennium cuisine reportedly told police he was researching new flavours.
The 50-year-old chef, who lives in the village of Trecastagni, at the foot of Mount Etna, has been released pending trial.
Known as a connoisseur of Sicilian cuisine, Chiaramonte is a chef at the Katane Palace Hotel restaurant in Catania.
According to his website, cooks according to the aromatic nuances and the taste of the Mediterranean peoples.
Chiaramonte hosted a TV cooking programme about the history of produce and the tradition of Sicilian agriculture
It was gathered that one of his shows was called Immoral Recipes and Aphrodisiac Foods.